Camp RYLA
 July 4th - July 9th, 2021 (Sunday thru Friday)
The most common question I am seeing from clubs right now is this: Will RYLA actually be happening this year? I would like you all to have the same answer. Our staff, core team, and counselors are moving forward with plans to have our standard in-person program. If COVID continues to be an issue, our District team will make a decision by April 15, 2021 on how to proceed, and an update will be sent out to all clubs. I am currently in discussions with our core team and counselors to plan virtual program so that we hopefully do not have to fully cancel RYLA again, should COVID conditions not improve. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our campers, staff, RYLA team, and Rotarian volunteers. We ask that you please continue to select campers, and assure their parents that their child's safety is our Number One priority.
 
 
No sponsorship forms or payments will be accepted after January 5, 2021
 
Club Camper Spot Allocation: 
All clubs that get to send 4 campers have been chosen. If you did not receive a call from me to send 4 campers, please only select two. All clubs must choose campers based on 50% male to 50% female. If you send two campers: you must select 1 boy and 1 girl. If your club gets to send 4 campers, you must select 2 boys and 2 girls. This is done due to the cabin and bed layout of LCRA.
 
 
Camper Registration:
The deadline for Camper Registration Forms will still be March 15, 2021. If you can get these in early, that would be greatly appreciated so that the RYLA Registrar team has time to checks for corrections needed. You can find the registration packet on the left hand side of this website. There is also a Power Point available that goes into criteria for camper selection.
 
 
Additional Needs:
We would also like to let you know where the RYLA needs are, so that your club can consider extra donations. We are currently under our projected budget, and would like to ask any club that can, to please consider sending additional funds to support the program.
 
Meals
We are anticipating the cost of food to be higher than normal due to an increase in prices due to COVID-10. We ask that all clubs (even though that do not sponsor campers or meals) please consider sending an additional $250 to help cover this increase.
 
In the past few years, the donations sent for food have allowed us to have a budget of $2.70 per camper per meal. 2018-19 that was increased to $3.33 per camper per meal. During the 2018-19 Rotary year, only 11 clubs sent money to cover the 16 meals that are served at RYLA. As a District, we need to ensure that we have the proper budget for food costs. We ask that all clubs, whether you are sponsoring a meal or not, consider sending some money for food. There is an area on the attached form to indicate a meal sponsorship.  We do not want to continue to increase registration fees to cover food.  For those clubs that send the $500 meal sponsorship, you will still have the opportunity to come out and serve a meal at RYLA. This will continue to be done on a first come first serve basis. 
 
Rise Against Hunger: Stop Hunger Now
Our RYLA staff would love to grow this program. July 2019 was the first year that the campers have been able to participate in this program. The campers had an amazing time, and RYLA staff would love to increase their reach. Any extra donations would be greatly appreciated.
 
Staff Scholarships
Did you know that every year RYLA provides a $500 scholarship to one or more campers, if the budget allows? We even award an Amazing Ali scholarship in memory of Carroll Sharps granddaughter. Luckily, we are always able to award at least one, but it would be amazing if you club wanted to help one of our counselors pay for college. Interested staff are able to fill out applications at camp, and our Camp Director reviews them to make a decision on who will be awarded a scholarship.
 
I want to thank all Rotarians for their continued support of RYLA.  It is one of the best things we do all year and we want to be able to continue the great camp we have always been able to provide.  Thank you so much for your help and support.
 
 
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Check out some of our fun videos from previous camps!
All of the videos below can be viewed on YouTube and Shared via Email/FB/Twitter/etc.
Simply click on the arrow in the top right corner of each video and it will bring up a URL which can be copied and pasted into an email or direct links to share via social media platforms!
 
 
 
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Contact Info
District Chair: Barbara Najera    
512.934.3764
 
RYLA Registrar: Jennifer Pakenham
512.773.4745
 
Programs Director: Erin Bocanegra